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Peer Adviser Post: Tips for student athletes: How to balance practice, courses, and extracurricular activities.

Tips for student athletes:  How to balance practice, courses, and extracurricular activities.
By Phillip Fletcher CC'13

Most advice about being a busy and successful person addresses time management.  However, time management implies that time can be managed and this is not true.  Each of us only has 24 hours in a day and there is nothing we can do to change that.   We can’t add hours to our day or store them for later.  Therefore, as the CU Athletic Director Dr. M. Diane Murphy always says, "instead of managing time, we must manage ourselves."

Managing ourselves means two things.  The first is obvious: being organized.  You should always know what you need to do, how you can do it, and where you need to be.  The second is also obvious but is rarely linked to the first: we must look after ourselves.  Busy people are constantly pushing limits, working harder and faster than they thought possible, and trying to achieve multiple goals where the average person would only seek to accomplish one.  However, you always have to look after yourself.  Get an extra hour of sleep, eat healthy food even if it takes longer to get, and stretch after practice instead of rushing off to the next thing.  Our bodies are our greatest assets; no amount of organization will help if your body is not healthy.

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